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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Invasion of the Garden Snatchers!

Yikes, Garlic Mustard can really take over a sector of a yard in no time flat.

I noticed a plant or two over the fence in my neighbor's yard. I thought the plants were from my surprise interlopers from last year so I thought the decent thing to do was offer to pull them.

Permission granted. I set off to do my "quick" job. Oops, found a whole quadrant of garlic mustard in bloom and a host of young'uns that are sure to plague us next summer.

The 2 minute job became an all afternoon affair. But everyone I pulled now meant less work down the road because garlic mustard seeds are no respector of persons or yards.

If you have some in your yard or a neighboring yard, don't just ignore it. It will take over before you know it. Every plant you pull helps cut down the seed production.

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